Death toll escalates among Nigerian Christians

May 27, 2021 by

by Sebastian Millbank, The Tablet:

Catholics at Mass at St Gabriel’s, Abuja. Nigeria is becoming one of the most deadly countries in which to be a Christian.
Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

There has been a serious escalation in violence against Christians in Nigeria with thousands kidnapped and hundreds killed in just the last few months.

Multiple reports have recently come out detailing a still-worsening situation amongst Nigeria’s Christian population, especially in Muslim-dominated north of the country where Boko Harem continues to operate with relative impunity.

Nigerian NGO Intersociety, reports that the last four months, January to April, saw a dramatic escalation of violence, as Nigeria “lost no fewer than 1,470 Christians… the highest number recorded since 2014”. These finding were echoed by reports just published by both the US State Department and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) which describe Nigeria as a “country of particular concern for tolerating severe violations of religious freedom”.

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